Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thesis Defense Day

At 8:30 this morning, I will present my thesis defense. I'm very much looking forward to it! 

I'm presenting it my way - which means humor, energy and lots of pictures

I'm proud to say there's not a single bullet point in the entire presentation. There are over 50 charts, but I blow through them in less than 30 minutes (not counting time for questions). Some charts don't stay on screen for more than a few seconds. Oh, and I made some stickers to hand out afterwards, just for fun.

So, it's not your typical military/academic approach to giving a presentation. There's a very real possibility it will bomb, at least with some members of the audience. But I can't force myself to do a boring, standardized, bullet-point-ized presentation... not on a topic that's so important to me, which I've been researching and working on since at least 2003. It's my show, baby. It's my story. I gotta tell it my way.

I still have some course work to finish up for my one last class, and two final projects in that class to turn in by March 16th, so I won't be all done with school today... but a big milestone will have been passed (I hope!), and a big chunk of my work over the last year has finally come to fruition.

On with the show!

6 comments:

Deb said...

I'd love to be there to see your "show"......

Kimmer said...

Me too! Can't wait to hear how it went! Congrats. :)

Mark said...

Go, Dan, Go!

The Dan Ward said...

Thanks everyone - I'm all done, it was a lot of fun, and I will post the details shortly...

Gabe said...

Dude,

I'm sorry I missed the show! I'm STOKED that you did it the "Dan" way. You said there were several others in the audience. ow did they repond?

Rosario Patao said...

I do hope everything went well with your thesis defense, Dan. Well, from the sounds of it, you were ready for the time you would present it even without the help with thesis advice from anyone. But of course, it would be good to have one that can boost your confidence.